The dream of a global Yakuza launch is just that – a dream – but it feels more tangible than ever.

Yakuza has skyrocketed beyond niche status in the West thanks to the best-in-class Yakuza 0, and as word of mouth continues to spread, curious players who don’t usually play these sorts of games have taken a chance on the wacky, bold, unapologetic series they’ve heard so much about over the years.

No one else is really doing what Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio has been able to consistently pull off.

I maintain that Kiryu’s origin story is the high-water mark – Yakuza 0 is one of the defining greats – but if you’re looking for something new to try or you’ve been there and done that in the cabaret clubs and you don’t want to commit to a full series playthrough, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is an enticing next step.

With a new Dragon Quest-loving protagonist, a much larger city to hang out in, a vastly different combat system to master, and little in the way of narrative baggage, this could easily be your introduction.

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Source: Destructoid Review: Yakuza: Like a Dragon